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Seattle’s Most Famous Greek Yogurt Brand Just Got Some Serious Cash

Plus, a musical brunch at Sugar Hill, and new food plans for Capitol Hill Station start to come into better view

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A container of Ellenos Greek Yogurt in blueberry, surrounded by loose blueberries.
Ellenos plans expansion after new $18 million investment.
Courtesy of Ellenos Greek Yogurt

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Seattle’s Most Famous Greek Yogurt Brand Just Got Some Serious Cash

Opa! Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt — the popular Greek yogurt born in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and distributed in markets around the country — recently received a major cash boost. Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND snacks, announced he will invest $18 million into the yogurt brand in an effort to help the company reach a wider audience. Seattleites are already intimately familiar with the creamy yogurt, which comes in flavors like tart lemon curd, blueberry, and marionberry, but it will be interesting to see how more money will affect its imprint nationwide. As part of the deal, Ellenos will also expand its new production facility in Federal Way to aid the expansion and hire more members for its 150-person team, according to a rep for the company. There’s no word yet on whether Ellenos and KIND will collaborate on any new offerings.

Grammy-Nominated Singer Plans a Pop-up Brunch on Capitol Hill

Time for some ube and tunes. Grammy-nominated singer Hollis Wong-Wear (known simply as Hollis) is planning a brunch at Capitol Hill hot spot Sugar Hill, the first stop on a tour to promote her debut EP “Half-Life.” Geo Quibuyen, co-owner of the International District’s Filipino coffee shop Hood Famous Cafe and Bar, will serve up a selection of dishes, such as chicken adobo, garlic fried rice, and ube cheesecake bites. The pairing makes a lot of sense, since the two have collaborated on the musical side in the past — Quibuyen has roots as a hip-hop artist, and Hollis once was an operations manager for his band, the Blue Scholars. There will be two seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets ($35-40) can be purchased here.

New Capitol Hill Station Development Reveals a Few More Food Details

All that work around Capitol Hill Station should finally bear fruit this year, especially on the food side. Capitol Hill Seattle reports that plans for the new retail, buildings, and community spaces around the transit hub are coming into a bit more focus. That includes the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market moving from its current location on the corner of East Broadway in front of Seattle Central College to a new community plaza, which has been in the works for years. Seattle Farmers Market programs coordinator Janet Hurt tells Eater Seattle the market hopes to move by fall (still open on Sundays), and there will be an “expanded footprint” to allow for more vendors. In addition, as CHS previously reported, there looks to be a yet-to-be-announced outpost of the Korean grocer H Mart at the center of the development project, along with some other smaller shops that range in size up to 700 square feet, and room for possibly a 3,000 square-foot restaurant.

Sugar Hill

414 East Pine Street, , WA 98122 (206) 568-2111 Visit Website

Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt

1500 Pike St, #12, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 625-5006 Visit Website

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